* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
To be successful in this course, you need to have had a good deal of exposure to introductory algebra. You will be required to take one test approximately every four weeks, and there are no makeups. Upon taking the final examination, your lowest test grade will be replaced by the final exam score . Each test will contain anywhere from 10-30 questions, some of which will be multiple choice or short answer. You should be able to complete these tests in anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
Tests will be taken at a GCC testing center, in person, with paper and pen/pencil.It is your responsibility to know the testing hours at your particular campus center.
There will be an OPTIONAL final examination. You should plan on spending a minimum of one to two hours completing this comprehensive exam. More details will be provided later on in the semester.
Final grades are assigned according to the following scheme, with the final average rounded to the nearest integer (in %):
92 or higher = A, 90-91 = A-, 88-89 = B+, 82-87 = B, 80-81 = B-, 78-79 = C+, 72-77 = C, 70-71 = C-, 68-69 = D+, 62-67 = D, 60-61 = D-, 59 or less = F.
Grades will be weighted as follows:
There will be a total of 3 tests during this semester. You must take the tests on or before the due date! These tests must be taken on the main campus in the testing center or at one of the campus centers. It is your responsibility to know the testing hours at each testing location! In certain situations where a student lives outside the Genesee region, a proctor may be identified to give exams. The responsibility of locating a proctor lies entirely with the student. For more information regarding proctoring requirements, please contact your instructor.
As a favor to my students, I will allow each of you to have a total of 4 "late passes" to use during the semester, One late pass = One day late (weekdays only), and, if you wish, you may use multiple passes on a single test. However, once you use up all your late passes, no more taking tests after the due date. This is not negotiable! Please do not ask for an exception!
There will be an optional final exam offered to replace your lowest test grade. This final must be taken during the final exam period at the end of the semester.
To summarize, you will be required to take at least three tests, approximately one every four weeks, at your local campus center or at the main campus. See syllabus supplement for hours and locations. It is YOUR responsibiltiy to know the testing hours of your testing site.
You will have online homework assignments that will be graded, and paper/pencil homework that will not.
The last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" is during the seventh week of the semester. Please see the GCC website for details.
Cheating is obtaining or intentionally giving unauthorized information to create an unfair advantage in an examination, assignment, or classroom situation. Plagiarism is the act of presenting and claiming words, ideas, data, programming code or creations of others as one’s own. Plagiarism may be intentional – as in a false claim of authorship – or unintentional – as in a failure to document information sources using MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago or other style sheets or manuals adopted by faculty at the College. Presenting ideas in the exact or near exact wording as found in source material constitutes plagiarism, as does patching together paraphrased statements without in-text citation. The purchasing or sharing of papers or projects between students or the re-use of papers or projects submitted for more than one assignment or class also constitutes plagiarism.
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated: a grade of zero will be given on the assignment or exam under these circumstances. In certain extreme cases, including multiple offenses, the student will receive a grade of F for the semester.
You might find that the testing hours offered at your local campus center just don't mesh with your busy schedule. Or, you might live far from the nearest testing center. If either of these conditions fit, then by all means find yourself a proctor!
Your proctor should work at an educational facility or local library, and exams should be administered at the proctor's place of employment during regular business hours. We have had quite a bit of success with individuals volunteering from local school districts and, especially, local libraries. Please look into this!
The proctor's responsibilities include receiving tests from the instructor, administering the tests (approximately 60 -90 minutes) and returning these tests to the instructor via U.S. Mail.
If you find an individual or institution willing to serve as your proctor for this course, please send me a message with the vital information about this individual: Name, Title, Mailing Address, Phone, FAX, email, place of employment, and when and where you plan to take your tests. You need to do this at least 7 business days before the due date for the first test!
Course topics will be broken down into 3 evenly divided modules, each covering approximately 1/3 of the semester, or about 4 weeks each. Module 1 covers sections 1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.5, and 3.1. Module 2 covers sections 3.2-3.4, 4.1-4.2, and 5.1-5.4. Module 3 covers 6.1-6.3, 7.1-7.4, and 9.1-9.2.
Embedded in each module, there will be three (4) online homework assignments with due dates spaced evenly throughout. Each module will culminate with a test. All due dates will be posted inside blackboard at the beginning of the semester.
The instructor reserves the right to make any reasonable and necessary modifications to the statements above. This document is subject to change.